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Qatar Petrochemical Company Ltd (QAPCO)

QAPCO was established in 1974 as a joint multinational venture to utilise the associated and non-associated Ethane gas from petroleum production in line with the industrialization plan of the State Qatar. it is one of the Companies located in the Mesaieed Industrial City (MIC), producing fertilizers, steel, refined petroleum products and natural gas liquids. QAPCO plant is situated on the seacoast with jetty facilities and exports its entire range of products worldwide. QAPCO commenced commercial production in 1981 and within a short time, was well-established in the global market due to its quality and reliability. To pursue leadership, continuous improvement, process and system orientation, involvement of the people and measurement of performance in support of our journey to achieve excellence of performance, we have re-designed our Quality Management System to comply with the requirements of ISO 9001:2000 standard, implemented it in our practice and achieved the official certification to its requirements by beginning of the year 2002.

The main products of the company are Ethylene and LDPE. Solid sulphur is generated as a by-product in the process. The required feedstock, Ethane gas, is supplied by the state-owned Qatar Petroleum (QP) for the production of Ethylene, a significant part of which is then used in the production of various grades of LDPE, marketed under the ‘LOTRENE’ brand name.

Qatar fertilizer Co. Ltd (QAFCO)

Qatar Fertilizer Company (QAFCO) was established in 1969 as a joint venture between the Government of Qatar and a number of multinational firms to utilize Qatar's abundant gas resources for producing ammonia and urea fertilizer. Today QAFCO, the only fertilizer producer in Qatar is jointly owned by Industries Qatar (IQ) – which is a subsidiary of Qatar Petroleum (QP) as 75% shareholder and Yara Norway as 25 % Shareholder.

QAFCO is Instrumental to the industrial diversification program of the Qatari Government through the optimal utilization of national resources, QAFCO's establishment formed the basis of the Mesaieed Industrial area. Over the past 25 years QAFCO has progressively developed its productive units, production capacities and product quality. This steady growth and success made QAFCO the largest single fertilizer producer in the Middle East and put Qatar among the leading exporters of Ammonia and Urea in the world.

QAFCO inaugurated its first plant in 1973 with a design capacity of 900 tonnes of Ammonia and 1000 Tonnes of Urea daily. Through the years, QAFCO plants have been extensively developed and they are regularly modified and modernized to be compatible with the latest technology in order to ensure continuous supply of high quality products. Presently the QAFCO complex comprises three completely integrated trains; QAFCO 1 (1973) QAFCO 2 (1979) and QAFCO 3 (1997). Each train comprises two units, one for production of Ammonia and the other for Urea.


Founded in 1974, Qatar Steel Company [formerly known as QASCO], is the first integrated steel manufacturing plant in the whole Arabian Gulf. Steel production commenced in 1979 and later in 1997, the company became wholly owned by the Government of Qatar. Qatar Steel is specialized in manufacturing of high yield deformed Steel Bars (or Re-bars), ranging in sizes from 10mm to 40mm in diameter and 12 meters in length. Today, Qatar Steel is widely recognized as a premium brand name in the league of steel industry in GCC, extending its pioneering commitment from an expansive mill site located in the heart of the progressive Mesaieed Industrial City – 45 Km south of the nation’s capital, Doha in Qatar.
The plant facilities include a Midrex process based DRI/HBI Combo Mega Module, Electric Arc Furnaces with a Ladle Refining Furnace, a Continuous Casting Plant and Rolling Mills with the latest automated features. Other auxiliary in-house facilities are like, well equipped Jetty facilities, a Main Power Substation, Quality Control Centre, Maintenance Shops and facilities for sea/fresh water, compressed air, natural gas and a clinic.

Today the plant with its offices occupies an area of 707,000 sq. meters, adjacent to which is a further 375,000 sq. meters plot reserved for future developments. The total employee base of over 1,650 spans 12 different nationalities and the mill runs on a 3-shift system.
The company also operates a UAE based subsidiary – Qatar Steel Company FZE in Jabel Ali Free Zone, Dubai, established in August 2003 to meet the growing demand for high-quality steel wire-rod products within the GCC as well as in the international markets.

Qatar Chemical Company Ltd (Q-Chem)

Qatar Chemical Company (Q-Chem) is a joint venture between Qatar Petroleum and Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC. QP owns 51% of Q-Chem with the remaining 49% owned by Chevron Phillips. The Q-Chem facility will be a world-class, integrated petrochemical plant capable of producing high density and medium density polyethylene (HDPE & MDPE), 1-Hexene (alpha olefin) and other associated by-products using state of the art technology consistent with Chevron Phillips’ leadership as a major integrated producer of chemicals and plastics

Over one billion US dollars will be invested to engineer, construct and commission the Q-Chem facility and prepare for commercial operations in late 2002. By the end of 2003, Q-Chem will complete its first full year of commercial operations and there will be over 500 Q-Chem employees. The complex being constructed in Mesaieed Industrial City will comprise of a 500,000 metric tons per annum (mtpa) Ethylene unit, a 453,000 mtpa Polyethylene facility and a 47,000 mtpa 1-Hexene unit. Other associated process and offsite units will include a sulfur recovery and solidification plant, a bagging and storage warehouse, a nitrogen plant, water treatment plant, sea water cooling system, dock facilities, and various administration and office buildings.

The Q-Chem facility will meet the environmental standards of the State of Qatar governing water, solid waste, air emissions, noise, spill prevention and control.

Qatar Fuel Additives Ltd (QAFAC)

QAFAC is owned by Industries Qatar (50%), OPIC Netherlands Antilles N.V. (20%), LCY Investments Corporation (1 5%) and International Octane Ltd. of Canada (1 5%). QAFAC's plant in Mesaieed has a production capacity of 61 0,000 tpa of Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE), and 832,500 tpa of methanol.

The plant's development costs were in the vicinity of $650 million, with production of methanol and IMTBE starting in June and July 1999 respectively. For the first three quarters of 2004, QAFAC produced 540,000 tons of MTBE and 71 1,000 tons of methanol, In 2003, QAFAC; produced 572,000 tons of MTBE and 77j1000 tons of methanol. QAFAC posted a Net profit of QR 271 million in 2003.

Qatar Vinyl Company Ltd (QVC)

Qatar Vinyl Company was established in 1997 and is located in Mesaieed Industrial City approximately 40 km South of Doha. Location of the plant is advantageous in terms of land, infrastructure, general utilities, safety, security and telecommunication. The plant has access to port infrastructure with sufficient capacity to accommodate vessels up to 55,000 tonnes for the import of salt and export of caustic soda, EDC and VCM.

The facilities were constructed by a consortium of Krupp Uhde GmBH and Technip Italy on a lump sum turnkey basis and were financed by three lead coordinating banks, Credit Suisse First Boston, Arab Petroleum Investment Corporation and BNP Paribas. These three banks were joined by 28 other financial institutions to secure the credit facility of 475 Million USD.

Project completion was achieved approximately 30 months after signing of the EPC Contract, with start up of the facilities taking place during the second quarter of 2001. The initial workforce numbered around 180 employees.

Qatar Shipping Company (QShip)

Qatar Shipping Company (QShip) was established in 1992 and acquired its first vessel in 1994.

QShip’s commitment to safety, protection of the environment and assets and efficient operations has been proven by the excellent performance of its fleet. In addition to the statutory ISM Code requirements, QShip is certified to Quality Management (ISO 9001:2008), Environment Management (ISO 14001:2004) and Occupational Health & Safety Management (OSHAS 18001:2007) standards.

QShip fully owns and manages a fleet of thirty four vessels comprising crude and product/chemical tankers, LPG/Ammonia carriers and Harbour support vessels with its commercial and technical management teams based in Doha. QShip set up its fully owned office in 2008 in India for carrying out the crew management of its vessels. QShip currently provides Harbour Towage and Pilot Boat services at all the ports in Qatar viz. Mesaieed, Ras Laffan, Doha Port and the terminal at Halul Island. QShip has ownership stakes ranging from 15% to 40% in nine LNG carriers, which are on long term time charter contracts and QShip does the commercial management of two of these LNG carriers. QShip is a 50% partner in “Gulf LPG Transport Company WLL”, which owns and operates four Very Large Gas Carriers.

Qatar Lubricants Co (QALCO)

QALCO lubricants blending plant is the first of its kind in the State of Qatar, and is owned by Qatar Industrial Services Establishment (QIS). The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of QIS is Sheikh Sultan Bin Jassim Bin Mohamed Al-Thani.

The USD 15 million plant is situated within the port area of Mesaieed Industrial City, which is approximately 40 kms. South of the capital, Doha, constructed on fenced land leased from the Qatar General Petroleum Corporation (QGPC).

Base oil storage tanks are connected to Berth 10 at Mesaieed Port by two pipelines of six inch and four inch diameter respectively. These are buried along their lengths, terminating in tow chambers at the berth. The six inch line is for base oils, while the four inch line will be used at a later date for oilfield related chemicals.

The base oil storage are is contained within a bund wall, and
incorporates five storage tanks with existing capacity of 6,000 tonnes. Additional tankage is planned.

Qatar Plastic Products Ltd (QPPC)

Qatar Plastic Products Company WLL is one of the biggest downstream companies developing and manufacturing flexible packaging using LDPE resin.

The main products are FFS Films, Shrink Film, Top Open Bags, Construction Foils, Blue Sleevings, Greenhouse and Agricultural Foil, Trash Bags, General Purpose Foil, and other products produced by blow extrusion process. Around 90% of the total QPPC production will be sold in the local market. The balance of these goods will be marketed in the other Gulf countries and in Europe.

QAPCO is in the business of manufacturing high quality ethylene, low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and other petrochemical products. QAPCO is currently the largest producer of LDPE in the Middle East with a capacity of 360,000 metric tons per annum (MTA). QIMCO was established to encourage the participation of the private sector in the country's economic development through small/medium scale industries and to promote stronger ties between the public and private sectors. FEBO is one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of plastic raw materials within Europe.

Qatar Navigation (MILAHA)

At Milaha we understand that economic progress depends on the smooth flow of trade around the world. Through our diverse activities, we provide perfectly synchronised maritime and logistics solutions – simplifying the complex links in the international chain of trade.

Milaha has become a large, diversified strategic holding company with core interests in various maritime transport sectors as well as logistics. Since 1957, the company has evolved, expanded and diversified into maritime transportation in gas, petroleum products, containers and bulk; offshore support services; port management; logistics services; shipyard; trading agencies; real estate; and asset management.

Today, with an expanding fleet, state-of-the art equipment, well-trained manpower and world-class partners, we’re competing to become a globally recognised player in maritime and logistics services.


Qatofin is a Joint Venture between QAPCO (63%), Atofina (36%) and QP (1%) for production of 450,000 MTPA of LLDPE adjacent to QAPCO site in Mesaieed Industrial City. Feasibility study was completed in December 2002. The estimated start-up of the project is third quarter 2008. Plant will operate the Univation gas phase process. Feedstock for the plant will be provided by ethylene from Qatofin's production quota from the Ras Laffan cracker.
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